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Adeus Silvia and Raquel!

Tonight is our last with Silvia and Raquel from Ocean Alive, and Setubal!  Tomorrow we head back to Lisbon.


Students spent the afternoon showcasing their understanding by delivering final presentations. Topics included Climate Change, Protected Marine Areas, Sustainability, Education & Lifestyle, Biodiversity, and Invasive Species. 



Afterwards, we celebrated with a BBQ back at the hostel and a LIVE band!! The kids danced the night away!

















Beach Clean Up Day!!

Today our students got a firsthand understanding of the problem of marine litter. With 100 other volunteers, out students took to the Troia beach to participate in a community beach clean. Students were surprised to find everything from tires to grease balls to rusted umbrellas among the already staggering amounts of plastic and glass debris. 

Students learned about how many of the debris that ends up in the ocean comes from rivers and coastal areas. Debris can cause serious consequences for marine life as it entangles and often kills animals. Further, students learned that plastics in particular break down into small pieces called  micro-plastics overtime which is consumed by wildlife including zooplankton! This means that plastic is directly entering the food chain and could cause health issues in marine life and humans alike!


Our students with other volunteers on the ferry to the beach clean up!

After the clean up and lunch on the newly clean beach, students returned to Setubal to work on their final projects. Finally students ended the day with an evening walk and ice cream! 



Monday we learned about the unique and small group of bottlenose dolphins living in the Sado Estuary. We were invited aboard a traditional fishing boat and almost immediately encountered the pod. The students were delighted to witness them swimming and diving just meters from the boat. We learned about how scientists identify the individual dolphins by their dorsal fin marking, the threats facing their habit, and most importantly the work being done to protect them.



Students also have begun working on their final projects around the different themes we have been studying over the past few weeks. It's hard to believe we have less than a week left!





Some of the Sado dolphins by dorsal fin identification 



Traditional Portuguese fishing boat restored for tourism purposes 





Surf and Sol

Today students got a taste of Portugal's world class surfing! Just like the pros we were up early to catch waves.  By 9:30 am, we were suited up and warming up on the beach. Students learned the steps of catching a wave and importance of balance and foot placement. 2017-07-23-PHOTO-00000159


After practicing on land, we took it to the water!  


Students did a fantastic job. After surfing, we enjoyed lunch on the beach and enjoyed the afternoon in Setubal. This evening, students began working on their final projects. We are excited to watch them develop in our final week.

Finding Fish, Fun, and Friends in Troia

This morning was filled with sand, sun, and sea shells!

We spent our morning traveling by ferry to discover species of brown, red, and green algae as well as sea carrots, sea squirts, barnacles, chitons, sea stars, urchins, polychetes, and many more in Troia. The students were introduced to a local fisherwoman and her catch of the day, some spider crabs and cuttlefish!


Meredith and Donnessa checking out their first spider crabs. Don't be fooled girls, those crabs aren't ready for dinner yet!


Investigating the sol from a local fisherwoman's catch

Later, we traveled to a nearby port to learn about a traditional fisherfolk ceremony in which boats are decorated and a pilgrimage is made. 





Traditional fishing port decorated for a cultural ceremony 


Tomorrow we are excited for surfing and free time in Setubal!!




If you dream it, it is possible!

Today many of the students snorkeled for the first time! Though the water was cold, it was crystal clear and the kids jumped right in!


Afterwards we lunched at the museum of Oceanography and dined at a cute restaurant on the beach. As the sun set we circled up on the beach and shared our hopes, dreams, and fears for the future. It was a beautiful moment we all shared together and as we fall asleep tonight, our hearts are full of gratitude for this incredible experience together.











Happy Birthday Kate!

We started this morning with a kayak around Setubal Bay. It wasn't just all fun in the sun though, along the way we collected samples of phytoplankton to observe in the lab later.


Students identified diatoms and dinoflagellates firsthand along with copepods under microscopes. They learned that phytoplankton is the basis of the food chain and provides 50% of the atmospheric oxygen we breathe. Not only that, but we learned that our ocean (that's right, "it's all one") also absorbs 25% of the carbon from our atmosphere! It truly is the lungs of our planet!



Later, we celebrated Kate's 17th birthday!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE!! 



Here we go!



What floats your boat?



Lab time with the birthday girl.




Dancing in the Moonlight

Olá amigos!


Today was jam packed with ideas and debate as students discussed "Ocean Literacy" and how to use this tool for sharing the value of our world's ocean with friends and family back home. We explored creative solutions in everything from engineering to the fashion industry and focused on personalizing our conversation to relate to a wider audience. 



We picked up the pace this afternoon and tried our hand (or should I say our feet) at a traditional Portuguese dance class! Learning every step may have been challenging but students rose to the occasion and showed off their moves. Check out some hilarious videos of it here:




Always a treat enjoying free time and exploring our beautiful town of Setubal!



I see Jupiter!


We ended the evening just outside our city underneath the stars and surrounded by nature. Our talented marine biologists guided us through the solar system's scale and depth while hunting down constellations. We discussed bioluminescence in fireflies and the role it plays in building populations.


Até à próxima!

The ocean is important to me because...

Today we spent the morning hiking and taking in our new surroundings of Setubal and the adjacent National Park of Arrabida (which includes a protected forest area and marine sanctuary).  From our new professors, we learned about the local flora and fauna, took in breathtaking views of the coastline, and played games on the beach which helped us grapple with specific conflicts in environmental conservation.  The students reflected on these lessons and were challenged to develop and deliver their opinions regarding the dynamic relationship between the ocean and human wants.


Though we ponder how on earth this incredible experience is already half way over, we can now see more clearly how the pieces of this complex aquaculture puzzle are coming together.


Stay tuned!



Morning hike



Learning the different plant species 



Nation Park of Arrabida







This morning we took a nice tour of the charming ancient town of Evora.  We checked out a Roman Temple and the famous Sao Francisco Cathedral. There was a creepy surprise lurking in the chapel, however! Above the door reads "Our bones are here, for your's we wait".  Inside students gasp in horror as they considered how many human remains were housed in the walls and ceiling.


After a nice typical Portuguese meal of Strogonoff we headed to Comporta beach, a very popular destination for Portuguese families. The students splashed around and played in the waves until their hearts content. 


Tonight we settle into our hostel in Setubal, which will be our home for the next 10 days.


Boa Noite!


Global Navigators!



The Bone Chapel







Roman Temple of Evora